The following article contains minor plot details for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will spoil the movie if you have not yet seen it.
Happy with the original stars that appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Well there were a few more that you may not have been aware of.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican, director J.J. Abrams revealed that during the scene in which Daisy Ridley’s Rey has a lightsaber-induced flashback, we hear the voices of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi and – what do you know? – it was actually the voices of Frank Oz and Ewan McGregor.
“The idea of the voices was, we wanted the audience to feel – but not necessarily be presented right in your face — this idea that familiar, Force-strong voices were connecting with her. At least as well as they could. You do hear a little bit of Yoda. You hear Luke yelling out, ‘Nooo!’ from that moment in Empire. And you hear Obi-Wan at the end say, ‘Rey…these are your first steps. Here’s the cool part. We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.”
Not only that, but thanks to clever editing, the voice of the late Alec Guinness also features…thanks to an ingenious producer – Brad Bird – who presented Abrams with a clip of one word; “Rey”. Explains Abrams;
“I said, ‘That’s cool, is that the thing from Ewan McGregor?’. He said ‘No, we took a line from Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid’. They cut it, and you hear the performance – he’s saying it the way I would havebegged Alec Guinness to have said it. It is so crazy perfect. So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice.”
The Force Awakens is out now in the UK and North America.